Just look at this photo and you'll see how badly the wrong color screws stand out and ruin an otherwise nice looking project. Free shipping, promotion only applies for orders shipped in the United States only. Or perhaps you've been searching for a suggestion like this like I once was. Many Victorian furniture manufacturers used mahogany and rosewood through the late 1800s. I'll have to give it a try when I finally run out of my nearly decade bottle of gun blue. The backs of this type of hardware were often left with the impression of the sand while the surfaces were polished.
For instance, oak was used in furniture made prior to 1700. Looking at the joinery, or the way a is put together, will provide many clues that help in determining the age. The screw threads through the knob shank and tightens directly onto the spindle not to be confused with headed set screws used for tightening knobs onto tapped spindles. This type screw looks like the type you would use to mount a rifle sling to your gun or for small antique hinges. And I am quite pleased with the quality. So if you are in need of fasteners that look right for a reproduction or something in a pre-20th-century style, check out BlacksmithBolt. Dunno if you were aware or not, but I actually do museum quality or damn near close to it restorations of antique clocks, so knowing how to properly antique things is pretty essential.
Beyond the gun blue you'll need some paper towels, a long magnetic bit or rod to grab the screws, and a few minutes of time. A friend that worked in Colonial Williamsburg taught us about this trick. As you examine the piece, sleuth for clues that support your initial theory that you have a piece of authentic period furniture. That's it, that's all there is to it. I have about a dozen of those plastic wall mounted drawer organizer units, more than half are full of ancient slotted screws I have saved over the years. I could get some of the screws to turn.
We're decidedly amateur when it comes to clocks, but we love them. If you find these hand finished screws in furniture, investigate other aspects of the pieces to see if they match the screws in age. Originally screws were flat bottomed until it was realized that a pointed screw was better, just like our modern screws. I also understand about the shipping issues. And you can choose flat head, round head, and oval screws, too.
We also don't top coat with anything before using them, but this allows the color to rub off here and there. When hand planes were used to smooth woods, they more often than not left some sort of uneven surface. . Unrelated to this post and too lazy to back-track , but thanks to Wendy, I just had a wonderful plate full of delicious Brussels sprouts. Our headless brads can be a perfect way to minimize wood splits in that old and delicate furniture or cabinetry you are repairing or restoring.
I have tried everything from sanding and priming to just plain painting plain painting didn't last long at all! In my personal opinion, the detail work often makes the project a true success. The screws in photos are the exact screws you will receive. Screws made before the mid 19th century often were blunt on the ends and had off-center, hand-filed slots in the heads. When there are marks made by a screwdriver turning the screw in a clockwise direction, it would indicate the screw was screwed into the wood. My wife had an oldish but not too old, but heck if I know how to date things wardrobe type thing with the hinges coming loose.
We'll do a post on it at some point in the near future and give you a look at the Morbier movement we have. I can't tell you the number of horribly damaged items I've received either through bad rough handling, or exceedingly poor packing jobs. Makes perfect sense since vinegar is an acid. Antique-looking screws and bolts are often needed to make reproduction 19th century furniture or other items that look authentic. He has lots of tips and tricks for aging items and he suggested gun blue in a comment he left.
The wood around an old uncoated nail or screw would be oxidized black. I'd only need the movement, dial, hands, and pendulum no need for the weights since I could use similar ones I already have on hand. I think my next test is to use Brass Black made by the same company as your gun blueing and then lacquering them. Confused, I got a good grip with some padded vise grips, and turned and pulled gently at the same time. These standard 10-24 set screws are used with vintage style knobs mounted on straight, tapped spindles.